Casino Annoyances – Slots, VP, Table Games and More

Spending time at the casino can be so much fun…..if it wasn’t for those annoying humans and machines that you have to interact with.

So, you’re at your favorite casino, playing your favorite machine or table game. Then something annoying happens… are immediately taken from Casino solace and recreational fun to gambling annoyance….the dreaded casino pet peeve.

What’s your pet peeve when visiting the casino?  I’d love to hear about about it from you. Follow us and comment on Twitter and Facebook. Here are some of my pet-peeves. Let’s see if these sound familiar:

Slot Machines


  • A person sits at the machine next to you. He/she constantly puts their players card in, and pulls it out – like it has anything to do with the outcome. I guess they are trying to fool the machine. These people should have read my blog on the Random Number Generator?
  • The person who sits at the slot machine and has to hit all the buttons before the pull (hitting the button). Are they composing, or soothing the machine with a lullaby? Again, RNG people, RNG!!
  • Slot machines that congratulate you for winning a small amount in the bonus – like a whole $8 while you’re betting $1.25 a whack. I’d rather have it say “better luck next time!” or “lucky you, you’re only $200 down, now.”
  • Ashes on the machine buttons. Smokers, c’mon – consider the players after you, please!
  • Players who smack the crap out of the buttons – I mean, don’t these people suffer stress fractures or something?

The solitary play of a video poker player.


  • The person who slaps the buttons so hard, you swear that he/she will break the machine before they break their hand. It’s like they are beating the machine into submission.
  • Sticky buttons on VP machines at bars.  It would be great if there was something that would cover the buttons.
  • The number of times that 4th Ace doesn’t appear in DDB.
  • VP machines placed in the casino when the lighting produces a glare so bad that you can’t even read the cards unless you constantly move back and forth.


  • Listen, if your are playing $25 at a $5 Blackjack table, don’t get upset when someone doesn’t play perfect strategy. Where else are they going to learn for real? Play with the serious players at the $25 table. Besides, studies have shown mistakes in basic strategy by newbies usually even out the table’s play with bad plays that actually help the players. (Look it up!)
  • Dealers who don’t thank players for a tip. Tapping the chip does not count as a proper “thank you.”
  • High table minimums, no lower options.
  • The dealer shuffles, the players await their first hand of the shoe – and dealer has blackjack!


  • Walking behind someone who suddenly decides to stop cold in their tracks in the middle of the aisle without any regard to the 10 people behind them who now have to quickly react to or run into the inconsiderate person. Is it too hard to just walk to the side before coming to a complete stop?
  • The cocktail waitress comes around and asks you if you would like a drink… then you don’t see her for 15-20 until she comes by and asks you if you want a drink… you order again and then 15-20 minutes she comes by again and still hasn’t brought you a drink and asks you again if you want something. Etc, etc, etc….
  • When the space between machines is filled with half-empty drink glasses, full ashtrays, and other trash.  People ca be such slobs.
  • People who scream and shout and jump up and down when they hit almost any kind of win, and lots of times it’s a small win on a slot machine that doesn’t even return their bet back. I figure they do it because they’ve never been to a casino before and they’ve seen people do it on TV or in movies and so they think that’s how they are supposed to act in a casino.
  • And finally, though I love New England casinos, I hate the fact that Las Vegas is SO FAR AWAY! Those 7 hour flights are a royal pain. Of course, higher resort fees, new parking fees, worse VP than Mohegan Sun, time share hawkers, porn slappers , freaks on every corner….. like I said, I love New England.

That’s all for now.